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  • Address: Madrid, Spain
  • Admission: Free

Plaza Mayor is a large square in central Madrid. It serves today as a meeting place for tourists and locals alike, and has played host to a variety of festivities throughout history, including bull fights, soccer matches, and executions during the Spanish Inquisition.

The plaza was built in the early 17th century during King Felipe III's reign - the central statue is a nod to him overseeing the project's completion. Forming the outer walls are a series of three-story residential buildings with balconies overlooking the center, providing excellent views of the action below.

The most prominent of the buildings in the plaza is the Casa de la Panaderia - House of the Baker's Guild, which today serves municipal and cultural functions. There are also several shops and eateries that occupy the ground level of the buildings and provide refreshments for hungry and thirsty travelers admiring the square.

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Plaza Mayor has undergone many changes over the centuries. Victim to three fires, the buildings surrounding the plaza have been rebuilt each time. The most recent update to the plaza was the addition of colorful frescos in 1992.

Also nearby is the popular Puerta del Sol, another landmark plaza of Madrid.

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Guided Walking Tour of Historical Madrid, Madrid, null
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Guided Walking Tour of Historical Madrid

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On this 2 hour walking tour you will stroll down through the core of medieval Madrid accompanied by a guide. The winding streets of the Arch of Cutlers will ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Flexible

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Madrid by Night Segway Tour, Madrid, City Tours
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Madrid by Night Segway Tour

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See the magic of Madrid by night on a fun, 1-hour Segway tour! On a self-balancing, electric Segway, follow an expert guide around the historical neighborhood ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.20
Retiro Park Madrid Segway Tour, Madrid, Segway Tours
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Retiro Park Madrid Segway Tour

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Enjoy the highly popular Retiro Park on this 1.5-hour Segway Tour. Start with 2-3 min training on the segway, you'll visit one of the most beautiful parks in ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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Madrid Super Saver: Madrid and El Escorial in One Day Tour Plus Avila and Salamanca Day Trip, ... 
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Madrid Super Saver: Madrid and El Escorial in One Day Tour Plus Avila and Salamanca Day Trip

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Take a sightseeing tour of Madrid and El Escorial palace-monastery, and enjoy a day trip to Avila and Salamanca, on this Super Saver combo of two popular ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

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Madrid Walking Tour and Flamenco Show with Tapas, Madrid, Day Trips
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Madrid Walking Tour and Flamenco Show with Tapas

Discover Madrid on a 2-hour walking tour escorted by a local guide. You will visit many of the most important places of the Old Quarters. At the end of the ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $96.97
Madrid Highlights Walking City Tour, Madrid, Dinner Packages
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Madrid Highlights Walking City Tour

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Visit some of Madrid's most important locations with this complete walking city tour for a small group. Your visit will be lead by a local expert guide who ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $15.00
Madrid Sightseeing Segway Tour, Madrid, Day Trips
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Madrid Sightseeing Segway Tour

Take a trip through Madrid history on a futuristic Segway personal transporter. The 2-hour sightseeing tour will take you to see the city’s attractions, from ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.46
Madrid Through the Centuries Walking Tour, Madrid, Segway Tours
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Madrid Through the Centuries Walking Tour

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Imagine taking a crash course on the history of Madrid, the Spanish capital and one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. The “professor” is really fun and ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.90
Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and Dinner, Madrid, Walking Tours
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Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and Dinner

Enjoy on this combined 4-hour walking tour where you can taste different tapas and walk through the history of Madrid, its centuries-old quaint streets. You’ll ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.85
Madrid Highlights Guided Segway Tour, Madrid, Food Tours
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Madrid Highlights Guided Segway Tour

Discover Madrid on a smooth, self-balancing Segway during a 2- or 3-hour tour. The 2-hour Madrid Segway Tour will take you to the city center which has been ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.31

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